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be -- you know, roiling around for a day and it would be gone. now you have president obama being forced to say that he welcomes the debate, which he
his incredible story of bravery. >>> plus, president obama's likely nominee for new fed head. >>> a major dogfighting ring busted. >>> and marking 50 years since this man and his message changed the world. "early today" starts right now. >> announcer: this is "early today" for tuesday, august 27th. >>> very good morning. i'm richard lui. secretary of state john kerry saying the evidence is clear and the amount of human suffering undeniable. >> it defies any code of morality. let me be clear. the indiscriminate slaughter of civilians, the killing of women and children and innocent bystanders by chemical weapons is a moral obscenity. >> the u.n. is getting closer to confirming whether the syrian government used chemical weapons against its own people. nbc's ayman moyheldin is live in cairo for us on this tuesday. we're hearing syria's foreign minister saying the u.n. inspector's second trip to the alleged site has been delayed. there is that and then the question of a timeline on potential military action. what are you hearing? >> reporter: well, that foreign minister press con
and the snub heard around the world. president obama abruptly canceling next month's planned meet with russian president vladimir putin. while it's not a complete return to the cold war, there is a chill in the air between the u.s. and russia. nbc's trace iie potts joins me m washington. the president's snub has many wondering, what happens now? >> reporter: next, betty, we wait to see what russia's response is. we'll have two officials right here in washington tomorrow. we'll monitor that for you. here on capitol hill, democrats and republicans are supporting the president's decision. >> and the first impression they get -- >> reporter: secretary of state john kerry and defense secretary chuck hagel are still set to meet their russian counterparts in washington tomorrow. even though president obama canceled his moscow summit with russian president vladimir putin. >> we were not at the point in our progress on a number of these issues where a summit at the presidential level was the most constructive step. >> reporter: there are disagreements over arms control and human rights but the last str
>>> our key issues and people this week. spying showdown. president obama orders changes to u.s. surveillance programs and faces tough questions about the nsa leaker. >> i don't think mr. snowden was a patriot. >> the debate over the future of u.s. spying programs. mike mccaul, the head of the house homeland security committee. analysis from ted koppel of nbc news and "the washington post's" barton gellman. then presidential orders. strong words from the commander in chief this week about stamping out sexual assault in the military. the pentagon is preparing new rules, but there is an agreement on how to end the crisis. i go one-on-one with one of the lawmakers pushing for change, missouri senator claire mccaskill. >>> the immigration debate. a critical time for reform as members of congress head back to their districts to prepare for the fall fight. what are the prospects for passage? talk to both sides including the congressmen leading the fight against reform. >>> end of an era. the venerable "the washington post" is sold to amazon's jeff bez bezos. was what does it say abo
: this is "early today" for wednesday, august 7th. >>> good morning, everybody, i'm betty ngyun. president obama is speaking about the terror threat. mr. obama called the safety concerns, quote, significant, and this morning many u.s. embassies and consulates remain closed as we learn more about the global threat. tracie potts is live in washington. what is the latest with this threat? what do we know? >> it's the anniversary of being bombed and a lot of times terrorists use anniversaries to strike. it's for that reason, betty, this huge fire this morning caught everyone's attention. there's nothing going in or out of kenya's airport this morning because of this huge fire. no word if it's connected to today's 15th anniversary of deadly bombings at our embassy there and in tanzania. the whole region is on alert. 19 u.s. embassies and consulates remain closed due to a terror threat. on jay leno last night, president obama said it's a reminder. >> violent extremism is still out there. we've got to stay on top of it. >> reporter: the airports evacuated 100 americans in the embassy in yemen based on
around for a day and it would be gone. now you have president obama being forced to say that he welcomes the debate, which he welcomes sort of like the ceo who gets an angry letter yet writes back and says thank you for your interest in our surveillance programs. but it's top of the ageneral da for two months. >> the president spoke out about snowden during his press conference on friday and said the following. >> i don't think mr. snowden was a patriot. as i said in my opening remarks, i called for a thorough review of our surveillance operations before mr. snowden made these links. i actually think we would have got on the same place, and we would have done so without putting at risk our national security. >> chairman mccaul, do you believe that, that this administration really did welcome the debate, that he would have reviewed these surveillance programs were it not for edward snowden? >> i see no evidence of that. i think snowden came out, leaked this information, and the white house has been backtracking ever since. i think when the story initially broke, the president went under c
criticism on president obama's dealings with russia's president. he abruptly canceled a planned meeting with vladimir putin after asylum was granted to edward snowden. some republicans say it's not enough. danielle leigh joins us from washington. good morning to you. and how would critics like the president to respond here? >> reporter: richard, good morning. critics would like to see the president really strike a balance as he tries to restore the public's trust, but also protect national security. even while vacationing on martha's vineyard, president obama couldn't escape a moment of apparent frustration on the golf course. back in washington, more troubles await the commander in chief. lawmakers are criticizing the president's plan to increase oversight of the nsa surveillance programs exposed by leaker edward snowden. >> he's failed to explain these programs which are lawful, which have saved lives. >> we need to do better in educating our public so they are not fearful that we, the government, are violating their privacy. >> reporter: the former director of the nsa warned added ov
in the abduction of hannah anderson. >>> plus, president obama playing cards the night of the bin laden raid. >>> alfonso soriano collects a month's worth of stats in just two games. >>> and the study on what kind of cars the biggest jerks on the road drive. "early today" starts right now. >> announcer: this is "early today" for thursday, august 15th. >>> good morning. i'm richard lui. new and staggering numbers of dead in egypt. the government now saying at least 525 civilians and 43 security forces have died. this from wednesday's government crackdown on supporters of the deposed president. newspapers at home and around the world all capture the deadly violence on today's front pages. egypt's vice president and international respected diplomat also resigning. leaders are wondering if today will be another day of chaos. ayman is live for us. it's 1:00 p.n. in cairo. how is the government now explaining the staggering numbers we mentioned of casualties? >> good morning, richard. it's mind boggling and not only tharkts it's expected to rise in the coming hours because as we've been reporting,
karins shortly. >>> some republicans are trying to ramp up national support to defund obama care. it's a $500,000 campaign with town halls in at least nine states. melissa mollet is live in washington for us. how real is this effort being undertaken here? >> nice to see you this morning. big question whether this is a real effort or not. at this point we're not seeing a whole lot of support by republicans, only about ten really backing this plan. many of them perhaps wondering if the tour is headed in the right direction. >> this is an urgent time to stop what we think is a very destructive law. >> reporter: after a kickoff last night in arkansas, the town hall road show rolls on this morning. next stop? dallas. >> and there is no more important regulatory reform that we can do than to repeal every single word of obama care. >> reporter: senator cruz and the heritage foundation hoping to whip up enough support to gut president obama's affordable care act. >> the one unifying principle in the republican party at the moment is making sure that 30 million people don't have health care.
government will pay. >> president obama believe there is must be accountability for those who would eyes the world's most heinous weapons against the world's most vulnerable people. >> reporter: president obama kept to his schedule awarding a medal of honor and every indication says he'll order u.s. military action against sear you. options are sending in u.s. fighters or yierzing cruise missiles or both. u.n. inspectors in syria were shot at but finally allowed to the scenes of the two suspected chemical weapons attacks. experts worry so much time has passed any tests might be inconclusive. but some kind of military action seems sure to be ordered by the commander-in-chief. i'm steve handelsman, nbc news, washington. >> nbc news will have team coverage of the situation in syria including reports from the region and political pressure facing president obama here at 5:30. >> i'm maryann favreau where investigators warn you not to fall for scam artists warning to look for poisonous snakes. >> ladies and gentlemen, take the time to learn about the invisible wounds of war. >> a soldier with
a dream" speech. president obama spoke on that same spot. live at the lincoln memorial. good evening, steve. >> reporter: good evening. organizers say 100,000 people came here to washington today, most including president obama believe we have come a long way in our nation. it is still divided by race but nowhere near as badly as we were when dr. martin luther king jr. delivered his speech here in washington in 1963. 50 years later marching in washington again was ducky burris. less emotional this time. >> now i'm 77. >> reporter: is it because things are better now? >> things are better in some areas. >> reporter: half a century later on this day as the crowd gathered in the rain at the lincoln memorial only 54% of americans believe the dream has been achieved. only 21% of african-americans do. congressman john lewis is the sole surviving speaker from '63. >> 50 years later we can ride anywhere we want to ride, we can say what we want to say. those lines that say whites and colored are gone. >> reporter: all eyes were on america's first black president. barack obama did not descend
in egypt and president obama's response. >> our traditional cooperation cannot continue as usual when civilians are being killed in the streets. >> the key question for the u.s. -- should we cut off aid to egypt? i'll ask two key senators on the armed services committee. >>> race and justice, a controversial crime-fighting tool, stop and frisk, rejected by a federal judge. new york city police commissioner ray kelly joins me to defend it, while trayvon martin's mother gives me her views in an exclusive live interview. >>> ready to run? hillary clinton returns to the stage. what's her strategy and what's the gop plan of attack for 2016? i'll get insights and analysis from our special roundtable. i'm david gregory. all that ahead on "meet the press" this sunday morning, august 18th. >>> straight to the breaking news. a heavy security presence in cairo, egypt, this morning as military rulers are trying to strengthen their control over a country descending into chaos. so, how much worse will it get in egypt? hundreds are dead, nearly 40 christian churches have been torched and looted, and
to be quelling dissent. senator rand paul tweeted, president obama says he deplores violence in egypt, but u.s. foreign aid continues to help pay for it. senator ted cruz said we're encouraging the violence by our aid. have you had a change of heart with regard to keeping the aid flowing to egypt? >> well, the acts of the last few days by the egyptian military are completely unconscionable, and i do believe we have to change our aid. i think also we have to have included in the legislation a national security waiver, because we have to give the president not only responsibility to deal with the government of egypt but also flexibility. and we have to recognize, this is not just for the moment, this is a long-term process. one of the obvious facts of a transition from our totalitarian government to a democracy, it takes a long time and it's not a straight line. and so, we have to have a policy that expresses our outrage, really, at the military, but also gives the president the tools to, we hope, engage them. and then moreover, we have to engage the regional powers, the saudis, the qataris, b
barack obama was born, to go on the freedom ride, black people and white people couldn't be seated on a bus or a train together to travel through the south. so can our children grow up and eir children grow up, they will not see those signs. the only place that they would see those signs would be in a book, in a museum, or on a video. >> do you see some of the same trappings of resentment and fear in our modern-day politics? is that what you're warning of when you see some of those forces coming back? >> well, i think there is some forces want to create this sense of fear. they think the country is moving too fast or maybe becoming too progressive. the country is not the same country. people coming together. and in a short time, the minority will be the majority. >> is there backlash that comes with that in your judgment? >> well, i think, as americans, we must be prepared to make the adjustment and not be afraid. be courageous. be embracive. embrace a change. >> as you look at dr. king's message 50 years ago and we remember that it was a march on washington for jobs and freedom, o
foreign troops leave afghanistan at the end of next year. president obama went to orlando today to address the national convention of disable d veteran and to begin his vacation with his family. brian mooar has more. >> reporter: before leaving on vacation president obama promised to do more work for america's disabled veterans. and he pledged those who sacrificed for this country won't lose their benefits despite washington's budget cuts. >> i believe this work is more important than ever. because this time of war that we've been in is coming to an end. >> the president hopes to have america back on a peace time footing in a year and a half. but his friday news conference showed he's fighting on a lot of political fronts. >> good afternoon, everybody, please have a seat. >> he's trying to calm the controversy over nsa surveillance. he's still battling members of congress over obama care. >> the one unifying principle in the republican party at the moment is making sure that 30 million people don't have health care. >> reporter: in martha's vineyard, president obama looking for a break fro
this 10-year-old a message she said she had for president obama. >> translator: does he want his kids to be like us? aren't we just like them? when we get bigger, we are going to write, "obama didn't help us" she said. secretary kerry made it clear today the u.s. wants to help. and is preparing to act. >> the images of entire families dead in their beds, human suffering that we can never ignore or forget. anyone who could claim that an attack of this staggering scale could be contrived or fabricated needs to check their conscience and their own moral compass. >> reporter: the syrian regime denies it ever used chemical weapons. syrian rebels tell us that assad has used them at least 30 times since this war began and this latest case was just the most flagrant. lester? >> richard engel in turkey tonight, thanks. >>> there is some late developments out of washington regarding possible u.s. action against syria. andrea mitchell our chief foreign affairs correspondent. andrea, what are you hearing tonight? >> reporter: officials are telling me, lester, they're going to provide intelligence
progress. the fire's up 20% contained. president obama and governor brown are involved. the governor toured the area today. president obama called governor brown yesterday, offering federal support if needed. richard sharp is near the fire line. we hear about the damage and the fire. tonight, we hear about the people. >> reporter: the last drop of the day for this tanker, before darkness forces the tanker away from the fire line. during the night, crews on the ground try to contain the flames. people watch the helicopters fortify the fire breaks this afternoon. saying the smoke from the fire is affecting them. >> in the morning, heavy, thick smoke. hard to breathe. >> reporter: along highway 108, people watch the fire creep closer. diana lives nearby. her son and expectant wife live closer to the fire line. does it make you nervous? >> very nervous. for them. >> reporter: helicopters fill the sky. for helicopters can make quicker trips. that helicopter right there is called a sky crane. they're coming in cycles because the fire is just over the hill. we look, there's another one, right ther
of the u.s. embassy in yemen today. tonight, president obama praised the bravery of the diplomats. and the president spoke candidly on several topics with jay leno. let's bring in beverly white from southern california. >> reporter: we're outside the president's hotel in woodland hills where security is tight. the centerpiece of the president's visit today, his first day in los angeles, was certainly the taping of "the tonight show with jay leno," his third appearance since taking office. it was taped today. it appears on this newscast. but we have audience reaction, right now. jay leno and the commander in chief dived right into current events. >> what's the latest in health care. what's new? >> on october 1st, people are going to be able to sign up. >> reporter: mr. obama also blasted russia for outlawing homosexuality, ahead of the 2014 olympics. >> if russia wants to uphold the olympic spirit, every judgment should be made on the track or in the swimming pool or on the balance beam. and people's sexual orientation shouldn't have anything to do with it. >> reporter: after "leno
. president obama set to meet with his top team today to figure out what the u.s. should do when it comes to the crisis in syria. as two navy destroyers remain in the region in case they're needed. is the u.s. preparing a strike? >>> and no baby, a giant panda is a proud new mom today giving birth to her third cub. the eyes of the world watching their every move. we'll go live to the zoo to see how everyone's doing. today's saturday, august 24th, 2013. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" with lester holt and erica hill. live from rockefeller plaza. >> good morning, everyone, welcome to "today" on a saturday morning, i'm lester holt. >> and i'm erica hill. tom, of course, with us because jenna is on maternity leave and is now officially a mom. >> she tweeted out about half an hour ago. said, survived first night home with harper, but just barely. she's got pipes. >> as a parent, jenna, i can tell you the crying will stop after about a week. trust me on that. everything will be fine. >> right? and it's not fair how the babies sleep for the first few days and you think piece of cake
the faa of dragging its feet on the issue. >>> a big win for a local company. obama care is coming and the silicon valley company is a key player. scott budman here with an exclusive look inside the company bringing the technology to health care. >> they are, raj. e-health got permission from the government to use the internet based platform to get people insurance under obama care bringing attention to a company from both washington and wall street. >> reporter: health insurance has been a struggle for millions of people, especially those who don't get it through their employer. >> on your health care -- >> reporter: the obama administration wants to change that with its new federal health care law commonly called obama care. >> replaces -- >> reporter: a big beneficiary of obama care is here in silicon valley. >> travelocity is health insurance. >> reporter: one way to describe e health, a company that will walk you through the web of health care on the web. >> we what we've done is really simplify the process, put all of the information very clear language, allow you to compare
for the u.s. and russia after president obama abruptly cancels a summit with vladimir putin. tonight, what's behind the decision and what it means. >>> moving on. a house of horrors where three women were held captive is torn down as one of the victims rises up to start a new life. >>> pool safety. tonight the issue getting urgent new attention over those drain covers at the bottom of the pool. >>> and must-see tv. more than 30 cameras capturing their every moves in one of the best new shows in black and white. "nightly news" begins now. >>> good evening. i'm lester holt sitting in tonight for brian. while the cold war has been over for more than 20 years the growing chill of late between washington and moscow became downright frosty today as president obama called off his planned meeting with russia's vladimir putin. a response to russia's grant of asylum to admitted american spy edward snowden, but the split goes deeper than that and highlights the failure of the two most powerful men in the world to come to terms on dealing with everything from syria's brutal regime to arms control. mea
of president obama's security team faced similar questions during a hearing. >> we need straightforward answers. i am concerned we are not getting them. >> reporter: newly declassified daumts are providing a first look at the court order that authorized the nsa to collect all detailed records. another report indicates the agency can collect e-mail addresses, telephone numbers, times and dates but not the content of the calls. >> we will be looking forward to working with with with your committee and this committee to see if there are changes to be made. >> reporter: just last week the house narrowly defeated an effort to remove the program. also today edward snowden leased new materials about a u.s. surveillance program allowing agencies to monitor web browsing. president obama plans to meet in response with on going concerns over u.s. surveillance. reporting live in washington. >> he can organize a blood drive but he cannot participate. campbell's openly gay mayor says it is disappointing but he is determined to make a difference. lowe was turned away when he tried to donate blood. he suspecte
. up next is for president obama to sign it into law. >>> the atf officially has a new director. the senate confirmed byron todd jones in a hearing wednesday. jones is the agent's first permanent director in seven years. >>> syrian president bashar al assad has opened an instagram account and the u.s. state department is not happy about it. the photos show al assad working at his desk, meeting with women and children and looking like an all around good guy, so some say. a spokesperson for the state department called the account a despicable pr stunt. >>> o.j. simpson was granted parole. the charges from his 2008 kidnapping and armed robbery convictions but simpson says -- rather, but simpson will stay in prison for as long as four more years on other charges. a porole hearing on those will not come until next spring. >>> and rhode island and minnesota are the latest states to legalize same-sex marriage. at midnight, couples rushed government offices to obtain marriage licenses. >>> stocks close out july on a mixed note after the fed offered no clues on when it may start cutting
asylum as a slap in the face. the question is just how is the obama administration willing -- how far is it willing to go to hit back and embarrass president vladimir putin? now boycotting a major event like the g-20, which takes place in early september still seems unlikely to observers. however, obama and putin plan to have talks in moscow just before the g-20 meeting and the white house is already hinting it may cancel that meeting in protest. meanwhile, the american fugitive spent his first night in freedom as an official refugee in russia after almost six weeks being stranded in that moscow airport. his lawyer has said that he's staying in the home of an american ex-pat family here. that he's looking forward to learning russian and ghaith job to support himself. not, get this in information technology, but he's more interested in becoming a human rights activist. richard, back to you. >> jim maceda, thank you. >>> negotiations between alex rodriguez and major league baseball are reportedly stalled. the yankees slugger still wants to cash in on some of the remaining $100 million o
news from the obama administration. the president's trade representative has overruled a trade commission decision banning ill ports of some apple products. they ban ill port of the iphone 4 and some versions of the ipad 2 claiming that china made devices violated apple and sam sung. they are locked in a global legal battle. >>> coming up next at 11:00, a stadium switch-up. the everyday items the nfl is banning from items across the nation. >>> plus, police are anxious to track down this woman. what she is accused of doing and how you might be able to help. >> the demolition of the power plant goes terribly wrong. what happened? >>> and we're already seeing low clouds spilling inland across the bay area. you'll be waking up to some low clouds and some countries. i think you'll be surprised by how cool the seven-day forecast is looking. ♪ all right, let's go ♪ shimmy, shimmy chocolate ♪ shimmy, shimmy chocolate ♪ we, we chocolate cross over ♪ yeah, we chocolate cross over ♪ [ male announcer ] fiber one 80 calorie chocolate cereal. ♪ chocolate with clusters, flakes,
. >>> al qaeda threats reveal a plan to, quote, do something big. >>> is president obama ready to rid the nation of fannie and freddie? >>> oprah's striking 'do. and some surprising new stats on pot smokers and the biggest party schools in the country. "early today" starts right now. >> announcer: this is "early today" for tuesday, august 6th. >>> good morning. i'm richard lui. we're going to start with breaking news coming out of yemen nepu.s. state department urging u.s. citizens to leave yemen immediately due to, quote, the continued potential for terrorist attacks. it also ordered nonemergencies u.s. government staff to leave. the security threat there is considered very high. tensions already elevated with 19 u.s. embassies and consulates closed through saturday. sources telling nbc news intercepted electronic communications prompted those closures through the middle east and north africa. sources saying two of al qaeda's top leaders, quote, wanted to do something big this past sunday during ramadan. those leaders being al qaeda's chief ayman al zawahiri and his deputy in yemen.
to create bipartisan support for president obama. lawmakers support the president's decision to cancel an upcoming meeting after russia granted asylum to edward snowden. the president's move sends a stern message of disapproval. president obama will still attend the g-20 summit. >>> in health matters news you can use. a small study of older adults without dementia suggest chocolate could help keep brains sharp as they age. blood flow to the brain is key to memory. researchers at harvard medical school had 60 adults drink two cups of hot chocolate every day for a month. participants experienced increased blood flow. >>> only four percent of women deliver on their due date. even when researchers know the exact day an embryo implants in the wound. they found hormones could indicate an early delivery while older women tended to deliver later than average. the study published today in the journal found the average time from ovulation to birth is 238 days. >>> another study shows women who live in urban areas face an increased risk for post partum depression. researchers in canada found thos
. >>> president obama's birthday dinner ahead of a major press conferen which is sure to focus on vladimir putin. >>> plus, heavy rains caused deadly flash floods. gyrating bears in their natural habitat. >>> jennifer aniston's new flick off to a hot start. >>> kate upton's innermost thoughts. "early today" starts right now. >> announcer: this is "early today" for friday, august 9th. >> i think bill likes that video there. good morning. i'm betty ngyuen. >>> overnight a rapidly spreading wildfire in southern california grew larger, and this morning it is on the move. the silver fire is what it's called. it's in riverside county. it's moving east toward the resort town of palm springs. in just a past few hours, the fire has grown to 22 square miles and is burning an estimated 1,000 acres an hour. the latest update puts the blaze at just 20% contained. local officials have ordered nearly 2,000 people out of the area. 26 homes have already been destroyed. at least one man has suffered serious burns. and five firefighters have also been injured with heat exhaustion. they'll be off the job for at lea
president obama encountered new criticism on how he's handling that relationship. our report tonight from white house correspondent kristin welker with the vacationing president on martha's vineyard. >> reporter: president obama on the golf course during his first full day of vacation with cameras capturing a moment of frustration. back in washington, his foreign policy frustrations played out on the sunday talk shows. while republicans have generally backed mr. obama's surveillance programs, they've also said he's been too soft on russia and accused nsa leaker edward snowden. >> mr. snowden's being granted asylum in russia is a signal of incredibly bad relations between the united states and russia. and mr. putin putting his thumb right in america's eye. >> reporter: senator john mccain argued that the president underestimated his russian counterpart. >> and i know they like to focus on body language, and he's got that kind of slouch looking like the bored kid in the back of the classroom. >> the president comparing him to the kid in the back of the classroom, i think is very indicative
communities in a number of states as red flag conditions persist. >>> president obama back to washington. the agend ahandling the crisis in egypt and if the u.s. will continue its financial military relationship. >>> premeditated murder. did the bladerunner plan to kill his girlfriend riva steencamp. >>> plus reggie wayne light ups the preseason. >>> are lilo's six trips to rehab enough for a turnaround. >>> and the most expensive car ever sold at auction. "early today" starts right now. >> announcer: this is "early today" for monday, august 19th. >>> good morning. i'm richard lui. today could be a difficult day for fire crews in the west. the beaver creek fire has scorched nearly 160 square miles. it's located about two hours east of boise. officials ordered the evacuation of some 2,300 homes but have some optimism at the moment as more crews arrive to fight the flames. >> it's emotional to see our landscape changing and to know that people that we love could possibly be in danger. >> we need an army out there and we've got it. hundreds of firefighters. i know they are doing all that th
weapons and it's something president obama warned against a year ago. >> we have communicated in no uncertain terms with every player in the region that that's a red line for us and there would be enormous consequences if we start seeing movement on the chemical weapons front or the use of chemical weapons. >> nbc's yousef gamal el-din is in cairo. good morning. >> reporter: betty, a tough few days ahead for syria and the international community as they try to grasp the extent of the tragedy that happened outside a damasc damascus. analysts believe it might have been a chemical weapons attack based on the symptoms exhibited by victims in the footage that has emerged. we cannot independently verify the footage we've seen so far. very troubling and distressing, or can we verify the death toll for that matter. the u.n. security council convened foreign emergency session in new york but again there was another political impasse and the ultimate outcome was watered down as a result of objections from russia and china. and that is going to drive significant frustration from countri
" speech. today, president obama plans to honor the man and his legacy. nbc's tracie potts is on the national mall. any early arrivers you've seen this yet. >> reporter: richard, good morning. on the national mall to show you where everything is happening today, president obama delivering a speech on the same steps of the lincoln memorial where dr. king delivered his "i have a dream" speech. thousands moving to the memorial for that and on the tom joyner radio program the president talked about what he is go to say "when it comes to the economy, when it comes to inequality, whether it comes to wealth when, it comes to, you know, the challenges that inner cities experience, he would say that we have not made as much progress as the civil and social progress that we've made and that it's not enough just to have a black president". >> reporter: and take a look at this. the bell from the 16th street baptist church in birmingham has been brought in to be part of the program. it's the bell that rung back in 1963, the morning that church was bombed and four little girls there were
. delivered his famous "i have a dream" speech 50 years ago today. president obama headlined a chorus of speakers saluting the racial justice that changed this country. a lot more on that in a few minutes. >>> but first, the remmings in this city about a possible military attack against syria as early as this week over its use of chemical weapons. tonight the pentagon says the u.s. military is ready to attack but in an interview this evening president obama says he has not made a decision to order a military strike. and new pressure on the president. the speaker of the house is demanding he make the case for any military action against syria. we want to begin our coverage with nbc's chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell in our washington newsroom. andrea, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, lester. diplomacy came to a dead end at the united nations when the russians again blocked any action against syria. but tonight the president faces a new political challenge as you mentioned from the republican speaker of the house, asking how a military strike serves america's
.s. is readying for a possible solo action against syria, but president obama is facing some skepticism from congress. defense secretary chuck hagel spoke with senior congressional leaders thursday. the 90-minute call detailed the administration's evidence against assad's regime. lawmakers from both parties pressured the president for legal rationale. >> the president is going to have to make his case to the congress and to the american people. i think before he takes any action. >> but new york congressman eliot engel tells nbc news in part, quote, there's ample precedent for the president to initially take action without having a formal vote from congress. and a new nbc news poll shows 50% of americans oppose u.s. and military action in syria, and 8 in 10 believe president obama should get congressional approval before using any force. that information just in to us. we have reports now from the middle east and london for you. we're going to start with nbc's ayman moyheldin in beirut. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, richard. u.s. inspectors on the ground inside syria are wrapping
on the senate intelligence committee. >>> the snowden affair. russia gives him temporary asylum. how the obama adminiration is trying to win the debate over privacy versus security. >>> craving the spot light. politicians and personal scandals. what makes them think they should stay in public life? inside on the pursuit of redemmings from our political roundtable including the host of msnbc's "morning joe," joe scarborough. >>> and judgment day. the fate of some of baseball's biggest stars hangs in the balance as they face the prospect of severe penalties over steroid use. is it enough to restore trust in america's favorite pastime? perspective this morning as i talk with bob costas of nbc sportses. i'm david gregory. all that ahead on "meet the press" this sunday morning, august 4th. >> and good sunday morning. the u.s. is on high alert at this hour. 22 u.s. embassies from north africa to bangladesh are closed now, and a worldwide travel alert is in effect for americans. andrea mitchell is nbc's chief foreign affairs correspondent. andrea, good to have you here. what is it about where this is
. that is the very latest from cascade, idaho. >> thanks. it is august and like many americans, president obama packed up and headed for the beach today. for the president it's a little tougher to leave his troubles behind, especially the day after he tried to persuade skeptics the surveillance program is necessary for national security. kristen welker reports from massachusetts tonight. >> president obama began his-day family vacation this afternoon. even on martha's vineyard there was no break from the ongoing debate about his administration's controversial program. >> although i understand the necessity of them for my own protection, i'm concerned that there is no control as to how far they go. >> i am more concerned about safety of the country than any individual liberties. >> on friday the president tried to calm the public by announcing new measures aimed at enhancing transparency and strengthening oversight and the program that governs them. >> we can be more transparent. >> there is sharp disagreement. some are encouraged -- >> i like the fact that steps have been announced, but we won'
's vineyard, president obama said he'd already been moving the nsa toward more transparency and accountability. >> i don't think mr. snowden was a patriot. >> he betrayed his oath of office. there's a young generation that believe he's some kind of jason bourne and there's got to be more transparency. >> reporter: nsa supporters want a stronger defense from the president. >> he's failed to explain these programs which are lawful, which have saved lives, which have stopped terrorist plots. >> reporter: washington wants edward snowden brought back home to face justice. bryan mooar, nbc news, washington. >>> two of the biggest names in politics will be in the bay area tomorrow. former secretary of state hillary clinton will be in san francisco speaking at the american bar association annual meeting. attorney general eric holder will also be speaking tomorrow. this year's meeting focuses on human trafficking, cyber security and gender equality and is taking place at the moscone center. >>> next at 5:00, will the new anti-gay laws in russia have an impact on the 2014 winter game in sochi? what pres
on the ongoing bloody crackdown in cairo, president obama today called on both sides to cease-fire. however, he did not take the strongest action possible, which would be pulling u.s. aid. nbc bay area's steve handlesman has the latest from washington. >> reporter: president obama walked a thin line as he came to the music on martha's vineyard. he condemned the crackdown by egypt's military. >> we deplore violence against civilians. we support universal rights essential to human dignity, including the right to peaceful protest. >> reporter: but mr. obama suggested many egyptians, maybe a majority, i wanted the army to oust elected president mow ham mid-morsi and wanted the protests by pro-morsi backers ended but he said egyptians and he are horrified by 500-plus dead and by protesters killing cops and attacking christians. >> we call on the egyptian authorities to respect the universal rights of the people. we call on those who are protesting to do so peacefully and con dent attacks that we've seen by protesters, including on churches. >> reporter: the president could have gone further. he coul
the obama administration says some of it is under review, saudi arabia, which is a big backer of egypt's military-led government, says it will compensate for any cuts from washington. >> richard engel in cairo for us tonight, thanks. >>> in pakistan, a dramatic turn of events there involving the former president and army general pervez musharraf. he has been indicted in an alleged murder plot in the assassination of prime minister benazir bhutto in 2007. she was the first and only woman elected to lead pakistan. musharraf was an important friend of the u.s. following the 9/11 attacks. he has pleaded not guilty. >>> still ahead here tonight, sounding the alarm. a leaked report about the danger happening all around us tonight. ann curry from the top of the world with a firsthand look as the water rises. >>> later, two extraordinary groups of american heroes facing off and making a difference on hallowed ground. >>> tonight a leaked report from one of the world's most prestigious group of scientists, winners of the nobel prize, has a lot of people taking notice because of the alarming con
the administration is trying to find some kind of international collusion. >> the obama administration is trying to build an international coalition as it determines how to respond. second of state john kerry worked the phones today. president obama spoke with the president of france just hours ago. the urgency here at the white house is palpable. as protesters rally outside the white house urging the obama administration to help syria. >> the people of syria -- >> reporter: top officials continue to huddle inside to determine how to respond. according to one administration official based on the number of victims and other evidence, there is very little doubt at this point that a chemical weapon was used by the syrian regime in this incident. the administration remains skeptical about granting access to the site. one official called the move, too late to be credible. the british foreign secretary also has doubts. >> we have to be realistic now about what the u.n. team can achieve. >> reporter: defense secretary chuck hagel says he is getting ready for the next steps. >> palm has asked the defens
school football this weekend because of the poor air quality. >>> still no decision from president obama on what action he wants to take against syria for the alleged use of chemical weapons. if he does take any action, he may have to do it alone. just a couple of hours ago the british parliament went against prime minister david cam money and rejected any military intervention in syria. in the u.s., democrats and republicans also hesitant about an attack on the syrian ren jet stream. they are demanding a vote first. nbc bay area's steve handelsman is in washington with the latest developments. >> reporter: america is divided. in raleigh, north carolina, calls for a military strike on syria. but the opposite view in charlotte. >> we should keep our nose out of other people's business and let them deal with it on their own. >> reporter: president obama warned last night on pbs that americans are in danger from what he charges the syrian government used. >> chemical weapons. they can have devastating effects. could be directed at us. >> reporter: today his top aides are presenting proof to
obama is asking americans for support as he moves closer to taking action against syria. today his administration bluntly accused bashar al assad's regime of releasing chemical weapons on his own people. we have the details. also, reaction from the syrian community here in the bay area, marianne. >> jessica, president obama says he won't send troops into syria. today i talked with the president of the syrian american council here in the bay area. he says his group, which has 400 members, is not asking for american soldiers to respond to syria but he is hoping the u.s. will take swift action to stop what he called the syrian president's rein of terror. >> reporter: what led up to the tragic deaths of more than 1400 people in syria. today secretary of state john kerry revealed unclassified intelligence indicating the syrian regime prepared for last week's chemical attacks for days. >> this is the indiscriminate, inconceivable horror of chemical weapons. this is what assad did to his own people. >> reporter: president obama said today he is considering a limited strike. >> in no event
>>> high-tech firms send an angry letter to the obama administration over domestic surveillance. matthew prince not afraid to speak out this morning. plus, andy, son of a silicon valley legend, making dishwasher repairmen rich. and super hot startup ulala. this week on "press here." >> i'm scott mcgrew. this is something called a float switch. it is one of the most common things to go wrong inside your dishwasher. a repairman will make about $100 coming to your house to fix it. a guy who shows you how to do it yourself on the internet makes $100,000. >> essentially it's just a little float device that moves up and down. it can get stuck. >> that's tyler zimmerman, and he makes, on average, $100,000 a year giving appliance repair advice over the internet. through a site called >> it was fairly successful, working part-time. and i decided to work on it full-time now. >> pearl, formerly called just answer, is a collection of experts, more than 10,000, handing out advice on everything from oil changes to taxes to training your pet. >> good boy. >> andy kertzig comes from
of sinkholes. tonight, a rare look deep down, where all those problems begin. >>> paying the price for obama care. designed to provide health care for all, but some businesses are cutting back to avoid the costs, doing some american workers more harm than good. >>> and the baby boom. for a lot of couples who have struggled to have a child, including new dad jimmy fallon, sharing his story tonight with savannah guthrie. "nightly news" begins now. >>> good evening. i'm lester holt sitting in tonight for brian. if you've found yourself in front of a computer lately trying to find cheap air fair, then you know how frustrating it can be. it's no secret there are fewer seats to be had as airlines have cut capacity. and a wave of mega mergers have swept names like northwest, continental and airtran into history. today the government put its foot down and blocked the merger between american airlines and us airways, which combined would be the world's biggest airline. contrary to what those two carriers have been saying, the deal will reduce competition and force us all to pay more to fly. nbc's tom
or not this is so actionable that they have to keep these embassies closed. >> you've also gotten news on the obama administration and russia, the snowden affair, which we'll be talking about throughout the hour. there's a big trip planned for the president. >> a big trip. he will go to st. petersburg for the g-20, but i'm told they will announce this week if there's no change in edward snowden's asyl asylum, they will announce the president is not going to have that meeting with vladimir putin in moscow. they see no reason to have him invest himself in a presidential-level trip with vladimir putin right now despite all the other interests they have with russia. they can handle that at a lower level. >> a new low in our relationship with russia. >> exactly. >> andrea will be with us. we'll talk about this and other matters. thank you very much. let me tourn to the vice chair of if senate intelligence committee, saxby chambliss, and the democratic senator from illinois, dick durbin. senators, welcome. senator chambliss, your republican colleague in the house, peter king, said this threat, this al qa
coming up in a few minutes. >>> today the obama administration announced legal same sex marriages will be recognized for federal tax purposes. this means that gay couples can claim the same tax benefits as heterosexual couples. the ruling applies no matter where same sex couples live in a state that recognizes same sex marriage. the treasury secretary assured a today the rule assures that same sex couples can move around the country knowing their federal filing will not change. >>> the court is upholding the gay therapy ban. they say it doesn't violate the free speech right. it prohibits practitioners from offering psychotherapy aimed at making gay youth straight. the law has been on hold pending the ninth circuit's ruling >>> for the first time in a decade, scores fell this time on # today's release of the api shows a two point drop in test scores statewide. but a majority of schools continued to meet the statewide target of 8 h00 on the api. open unified, 721, san jose, 798, and san francisco unified, 805. the state also released the most recent numbers for the high school exit
the full forecast for you in a moment. >>> we are talking about president obama who is heading off for vacation. on friday, he announced the government will be taking a closer look at a surveilness program and whether american rights are being protected. some talked about whether it may be a victory for edward snowden. >>> a new book about the relationship between jfk and jackie kennedy. the story how jfk may have had a premonition about his own death before it happened. >>> could your posts on facebook be driving a wedge between you and your friends? there's a thing called oversharing. we will look at the site. >>> let's begin with the deadly flooding. dylan is here with more on that. >> good morning, willie. good morning, everyone. let's look at the video outside of colorado springs in southern colorado. look at the car swept away on a highway. it takes two feet of water to sweep away a car. there's more than that on that highway. at least one person is dead. officials are unsure if the victim was swept out of the car. the rain is coming down in buckets. it's actually monsoonal m
, showers on the way. that's right, showers tomorrow morning. tell you where and when. >>> president obama on a publicity tour talking about spying and housing and jobs. we will take a look, coming up. >>> okay, and do you think there's anything wrong with this t-shirt? why parents want it to be pulled from store shelves. >>> america's cup racing action is back on the bay today. in just a matter of hours two teams will hit the waters as part of the louis vuitton cup. nbc bay area's laurence scott is live from america's cup park in san francisco with a preview of all of today's action. lawrence, i am jealous of your assignment. >> reporter: oh, don't be jealous, but do come out here at some point, because it is quite the scene, today, a beautiful day for ray the semifinals between artemis racing and luna rosa, the italian team. the winner of this series will go on to face emirates team new zealand. the winner of that head-to-head series will go on to face oracle team usa for the america's cup in september. yesterday, a triumphant day for the swedish artemis racing team. take a look. with al
tonight. san francisco, oakland and six school districts have been granted historic waivers by the obama administration. it's the first time that individual school districts have been exempted from the requirement. the federal education secretary says working with individual districts is the right thing to do. critics call it a dangerous precedent. the law enacted in 2002 sets requirements for every public school that receives funding. the exemption gives more flexibility to help disadvantaged students. >>> go to school and you can be whatever you want. that is a message aimed at oakland school students with a little help from a star. ♪ >> marshawn lynch is part of the video that urges kids to attend class. he went to oakland tech and cal before making it big. it's called i'm an oakland school kid and features kids from the oakland unified school district. >> very inspiring. >> good dancers too. >> and talented students. >>> let's get a check on the forecast from our talented weatherman. >> hot video cool on the numbers in the bay area today. plenty of widespread 60s in the north bay.
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